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Patrick Lehnes

Research Associate


Thematic and Methodological Focus

  • Philosophy of Heritage Interpretation in the context of societal change
  • Contributions of Heritage Interpretation to sustainable development and to strengthening the EU's fundamental values, resilience against populism
  • Cocreative and multiple perspectives approaches in Heritage Interpretation
  • Quality criteria and success factors of exhibitions and interpretive trails, science communication
  • Interpretation, evaluation and weighing of environmental norms in humanitarian law, environmental impact assessment and planning

Regional Focus

  • Schwarzwald (Black Forest, Germany)
  • Alpine Space
  • Poland
  • Greece
  • Azerbaijan
  • European Union


  • Heritage Interpretation and Education for Sustainable Development
  • Adult Education and lifelong learning
  • Experiential and project learning
  • Evaluation and visitor studies


  • Interpret Europe – European Association for Heritage Interpretation
  • EnJust Network
  • Expert Advisory Board of CHARTER (European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance)
  • Naturforschende Gesellschaft Freiburg
  • Gesellschaft für Geographie und Ethnologie in Freiburg
  • Förderverein Elztalmuseum


  • since 2017
   Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography at University of Freiburg, Transdisciplinary Working Group on Heritage Interpretation (Transinterpretation)
  • since 2002
   Freelance as Lehnes Contexte (until 2014 Lehnes Landschaftsinterpretation) as a spin-off company at Freiburg University: Consultancy, Planning and Implementation of interpretive trails and exhibitions, R&D Projects in cooperation with the university‘s Heritage Interpretation Group, vocational trainer
  • 2010 - 2015
   Executive Director of Interpret Europe (European Association for Heritage Interpretation): European projects, organiser of international conferences
  • 1997 - 2002
   Researcher at the Institute for Physical Geography Freiburg University: Establishing the Heritage Interpretation Research Group, local and international projects
  • 1995 - 1996
   Freelance consultant for the regional council (Regierungspräsidium Freiburg) on methodologies of evaluating environmental impacts
  • 1991 – 1997
   Research assistant at the Institute for Physical Geography Freiburg University
  • 1988 - 1995
   Studies of geography, biology and grammar school teaching (Höheres Lehramt an Gymnasien) at University of Freiburg